CODART, Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide

Drawing on Blue

30 January - 28 April 2024

Drawing on Blue

Exhibition: 30 January - 28 April 2024

Blue paper has been a popular artist material since the fifteenth century. Crafted from blue rags formed into sheets, this humble material that required expert knowledge to produce and had a profound impact on early modern European artistic production. As a middle tone, the material allowed artists to easily model forms in light and dark, while also proving to be well suited for working in colored chalks. Through new technical examination of drawings in the Getty’s collection, this exhibition offers fresh insight into the physical properties of blue paper, and its unique contribution to artistic practice from the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries.

This exhibition is presented in English and Spanish.

Ferdinand Bol (1616-1680), Reclining Female Nude, ca. 1655-1661, Getty Museum